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Requesting a print quote - here's a quick checklist

Posted 16th January 2019

Requesting a print quote - here's a quick checklist

Here is a summary of the information you should consider including when submitting a print quote.

  • What do you want printed?
  • How many do you need?
  • How soon will you need it?
  • What is the finished size?
  • Number of pages?
  • Full colour, spot colour or mono?
  • Paper weight/thickness and material?
  • Cover material?
  • Type of folding?
  • Binding type?
  • Other finishes?
  • Need a proof?
  • Other requirements?
  • How will you supply the artwork?

 

Below are a few more details, if you are unsure about some of the specifications, then we can make a recommendation based on the product being printed.

What do you want printed?

There is a list of products you can select from on our quote request form, but we can also quote on other products and bespoke designs.


How many do you need?

We can give you a cost for a specific quantity and include a run on cost. For example, if you specify a quantity of 500 we can include a cost for printing an extra 500.


How soon will you need it?

Based on your specifications we can give you an idea of the timescale required to complete the job. However it will help to know the following details:

  • Do you have a date that you need it delivered by?
  • Do you need a quick turn-around?
  • When will the artwork be ready? 

What is the finished size?

Ideally specify the dimensions once the item is folded and trimmed. These are some of the most popular sizes, but we can quote on any size:

  • A4 (210 x 297mm)
  • A5 (148 x 210mm)
  • A6 (105 x 148mm)
  • DL (99 x 210mm)
  • Square (210 x 210mm)

What is the orientation of the finished document?

  • Portrait
  • Landscape

Number of pages?

If you are printing a folded leaflet, then list the total number of panels. For example, 4, 6, 8 or 10.

For a booklets, brochures and magazines then list the total number of pages (not sheets) and include the cover. These will need to be in multiples of 4. For example, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 etc.


Full colour, spot colour or mono?

Most items can be printed in full colour throughout. However, if your product has internal pages that are monochrome, or you require specific Pantone colours then include this information.


Paper weight/thickness and material?

If your document contains images, then we would suggest using a white material with a high opacity. We can suggest a suitable paper stock from a range of sustainable (FSC certified) materials. Let us know if you require a specific paper type or weight.  

Popular weights:

  • 100gsm
  • 115gsm
  • 130gsm
  • 150gsm
  • 170gsm

Paper type:

  • Uncoated
  • Silk
  • Gloss

Cover material?

Tell us if you want to use a different material or finish for the cover for products such as booklets and brochures.

Popular cover weights:

  • 170gsm
  • 250gsm
  • 300gsm

Cover type:

  • Uncoated
  • Silk
  • Gloss

Cover finish/protection:

  • UV varnish
  • Matt laminate
  • Gloss laminate
  • Soft-touch laminate

Type of folding?

For a folded leaflet specify the type of fold required. 

  • Single or half fold
  • Roll or trifold fold
  • Z-fold (Concertina)
  • Gate fold
  • Cross or French fold

How do you want them supplied?

  • Folded
  • Creased and supplied flat

Binding type?

For a document with multiple pages specify the type of binding required.

  • Case bound
  • Perfect bound
  • Saddle stitched (stapled)
  • Spiral or wiro-bound

Other finishes?

  • Die cutting
  • Drilling
  • Embossing
  • Foil stamping
  • Perforating
  • Raised lettering

Proofing?

A PDF proof will be supplied for most jobs, if you require a printed proof then let us know.

  • PDF proof
  • Low cost printed proof
  • High quality digitally printed proof

Other requirements?

  • Mailing
  • Numbering
  • Personalisation
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Storage

How will you supply the artwork?

  • High quality PDF with bleed and trim marks
  • Artwork package with all files and fonts

Call us

We know that it is often easier to go through details on the phone. Give a call on 0845 340 5660 and we can arrange for one of our sales team to contact you to discuss your requirements.